In five years, Stella’s Art Gallery has left its mark on the neighborhood


Happy fifth anniversary to Stella’s Art Gallery!

There’s no better friend for local artists than mother-daughter duo Carol Pitts and Dani Klein. Both are potters and painters with a joie de vivre as deep as for art.

I’m lucky to have gotten to know them through classes and art exhibits and now call them friends. But that’s not why I always include them in Gallery Glances. They are a non-stop showcase of rotating art!

They spent three years in the Matchworks Building in Mentor, which they soon outgrew. Stella’s then moved into the welcoming embrace of art-loving Willoughby, where growth continues with over 50 artists exhibiting, selling and teaching. Additionally, countless art lovers support the gallery through purchases, classes, and donations. Stella’s is a freight train full of enthusiasm and skill.

They quickly joined the heart of Willoughby’s arts and festival presentations. Working through COVID-19 restrictions and bouncing back from every setback, they continue to grow and thrive. I can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring.

The public is invited to Stella’s, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, from 4-7 p.m. on March 19 to help celebrate their fifth anniversary. There will be live music, wine and snacks.

Another favorite of mine was also Mentor’s Gallery One. They moved to 8600 East Blvd. Unit C is reduced, but Gallery One still offers quality works by internationally renowned artists and produces exceptional framing. Their most recent acquisition is a collection of prints by Bev Doolittle. Check them out at or contact owner Allan Brown at [email protected], 800-621-1141 or 440-255-1200.

Time is breaking, so grab your sketchbook and camera and head outside to find out. Watch here for photo and art contests to share and promote your work.

The 78th Street Studios

March 18 is the upcoming Third Friday Art Walk at 78th Street Studios, 1301 W. 78th St., Cleveland, from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free and, in addition to art, music and refreshments will be available. It’s an eclectic collection of art studios and boutiques filling a two-block building.

This month, they’re showing their support for the people of Ukraine by donating 100% of donations made at the door or online to CareUSA, which has an “A” rating with Charity Watch, to help provide food, water and emergency hygiene kits, intended to provide protection to women, girls and the elderly during this humanitarian crisis.

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Gallery at Lakeland

The Lakeland Gallery continues the celebration of Women’s History Month through April 1 with “From WOMAN XIV…Created by Women, Women, and About Women,” curated by Gallery Coordinator Mary Urbas.

For information, call 440-525-7029.

Stella’s Art Gallery

The March show celebrating women at the previously mentioned Stella’s Art Gallery opened with an awards ceremony last weekend.

“Art Inspired by Women: Honoring Women”, featuring artwork made by women or those who honor them, includes dedications and previews of the work. The exhibition was judged by award-winning portrait artist Tricia Kaman.

‘Meristem 1’ by Johan Jacobs is a piece from ‘Woman Inspired Art: Honoring Women’ at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby. (Courtesy of Stella’s Art Gallery)

Kaman describes the exhibit in her juror affidavit: “We see a celebration of a variety of women: from universal Mother Earth to very specific women with experiences that impact our perceptions and shape our lives.”

Congratulations to Best in Show winner Suzan Kraus. The two-dimensional art winners are Robin W. Nall, first place; Candace Barr, second; and Ann Dumont, third place.

The three-dimensional art winners are Helen Hayes, first place; Yvonne Columbus-Jaska, second place; and Diana Montagino, third.

The mixed media winners are J InkyLorain Cantrell, first place; Sheila Dorris, second place; and Sue Hood, third. Honorable mentions went to Toni Fiderio and Nancy Nelson-Brotz.

“This is an elegant show honoring women who have influenced artists,” Klein said. “Tricia Kaman did a fabulous job as juror and curator of the show. The competition was high! We welcome many new names to Stella’s presentation with us for the first time.

Next up is the April show, “Celebrating the Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water.” Recycling, requiring the use of 75% recycled materials, joins the usual 2-D and 3-D categories. Registrations will be accepted from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 31 and April 1 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 2. An awards reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. on April 8.

Stella’s Annex Gallery features a satellite exhibit of Lakeland Community College. Works by 2021 “May Show” winners, including Clare Murray Adams, Cynthia Brewster, Jonah Jacobs, Juniper Mainelis, Barbara Martin and Don Stuart, will be on view through April 1.

Stella’s will also present an extended view in conjunction with the Gallery at Lakeland’s May Show in June.

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Artistic collaboration Willoughby

The Willoughby Arts Collaborative is hosting a traveling student exhibit, “The Fabric of Our Community” March 12-26 at Stella’s Art Gallery; March 28 to April 8 at Willoughby Eastlake Schools; April 11-23 at the Andrews Osborne Academy-International Festival; and from April 25 to May 9 at the Fine Arts Association.

Willoughby Mayor Bob Fiala presented the awards at the opening reception at Stella’s Art Gallery to a room full of smiling children as they saw their work on display and were surrounded by their proud family members for support them.

The show’s jury included Carol Leikala, artist and retired art teacher; Delinda Mariani, artist and art teacher; and Nancy Nelson-Brotz, director of visual arts at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

bunny race

Time is running out to attend the 30th Annual Juried Art Show, sponsored by the Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, 49 Park St., Madison, and the Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. Works can be dropped off at the library during normal opening hours from March 21 to 28.

The show opens March 30 at the library. An awards reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 6. Cash prizes will be awarded for best in show and first place to adults and students in the painting, drawing, photography and three-dimensional categories.

The show’s jurors are Dani Klein and Jim Loomis, who have taught art since the 1970s and teach at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Clay work and drawing are her specialties.

Get more information from RRCAA at 440-428-5913, or [email protected], or from the library at 440-428-2189.


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